"Shell Beach" was originally recorded between 2005 and 2007. It was slated to be released in late 2007 or early 2008, during which time anaphylaxis was active in Chicago as a performing "band" made up of Jason Coffman and Andrew Horton. During this time, anaphylaxis shared stages with a wide variety of other artists, from harsh noise bands to solo folk singer/songwriters. They played venues ranging from small coffee shops and crowded basements to the Empty Bottle and the Fireside Bowl.
Some of the bands anaphylaxis played with during this time included Bloodyminded, Cinchel, Death Factory, Firelight Rising, Joy Electric, Locrian, Lovers, Netherfriends, Plague Bringer, Roth Mobot, Spunky Toofers, Suffering Bastard, Travelogue, Venus Hum, and Wilt.
At live performances, anaphylaxis used a wide array of equipment including guitars, custom Hello Kitty pitch and optical theremins, a full Synthesizers.com
modular synth, Boss PC-2, Casio SK-1, Roland System 100, Roland JS-30, cassette & cd players, short wave radio, a singing bowl, and more.
A few tracks from "Shell Beach" were released on the old anaphylaxis Myspace page in mp3 format, and a limited edition cd-r of a "work print" version of the album (all of the tracks, including an early demo version of "Lin Minmei," on one long cd track) was made for the Autobahn Fall Edition 2006 performance. However, the album was never finished although at the time it was abandoned it was very nearly complete.
For this Bandcamp release, all of the tracks are available separately. Included in the download are all of the separate album tracks, as well as the mixed "Side A" and "Side B" of the cassette release in downloadable format. Listening to those back-to-back is the preferred experience for this album. As usual, headphones are recommended.
For more information on the history of anaphylaxis, see "Some Weird Band You've Never Heard of: A (Long) Brief History of anaphylaxis" by Jason Coffman on Medium: medium.com/@rabbitroom/some-weird-band-you-ve-never-heard-of-a-long-brief-history-of-anaphylaxis-ab3061c004d1
released April 12, 2015
Jason Coffman: Programming and sample manipulation, Roland RS-09.
Andrew Horton: Roland 606, Synthesizers.com
Brad Wofford: Guitars on "Dr. Nera Vivaldi." This track originally recorded as part of the treewithlights project.
Album cover photo by Gene Coffman.
Final mixing by Andrew Horton.